Monday, April 27, 2015

Dylan Cover #185 Ed Sheeran "Masters Of War" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Ed Sheeran playing "Masters of War"
Every April our Dylan Cover Series focuses on artists playing The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Ed Sheeran will headline the Gentilly Stage on Saturday May 2nd

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
Ranking as one of his most accusatory and cutting tracks is no easy measure but Dylan condemns the whole "war machine" on this classic and vital track (the "hope that you die" line is so facking cold, it is brutal). Often misrepresented as an attack on war itself (Dylan always said he wasn't a pacifist) this track calls out the government for using war-as-business (the Cold War in Particular) and business-as-war models when lives are put on the line for meaningless reasons. As alive and burning now as it was in 1962 when he wrote it.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
This is actually the second time we are featuring Sheeran in this Dylan cover series. The first time was here and you can see what we thought about him last July, thoughts haven't changed much and unfortunately we will be missing him this year at Jazzfest. Saturday the 2nd is a busy day for us, and we need to prep for The Rough Seven late night @ Saturn Bar.

Thoughts on Cover:
A more upbeat take on the track then we are used to, but still a good version, if perhaps not as up to par as some other versions we have talked about in this series.

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